Welcome to the Pierrot Players Website

 

 

The Pierrot Players are an amateur dramatic society formed in 1981 in the villages of Shepley and Shelley near Huddersfield in West Yorkshire and based at Shelley Village Hall.

With few exceptions, we have performed two plays each year since then, drawing our membership from the local area, but also attracting support and interest on a far wider scale.

If you are a new visitor to our website please look around the various pages to find out more.

As well as performing productions twice a year, we perform Murder Mysteries at a suitable location of your choice for fundraising and also have a schedule of monthly social activities.

 

Details are circulated monthly on a members newsletter by email.

 

If you are interested in receiving details of these activities contact us on the email address below.

 

Please take a look at "OUR NEXT PERFORMANCE" page to see details about what we are performing as our next play and if you are intested look at the "BOX OFFICE" page to find out where you can purchase tickets.

 

To reach out to us send an email to:

contactus@thepierrotplayers.com and we will be in touch.

 

What the NODA (National Operatic & Drama ssociation) critic had to say about our last production

"The Unvarnished Truth":

 

https://www.noda.org.uk/search?search_term=pierrot+players  

 

 

 

      The Pierrot Players -  Shelley Village Hall   -   Thursday 18th April 2019

 

       The Unvarnished Truth by Royce Ryton

 

      Directed by John Varlow    

      Tom and Annabel are reasonably happy married couple.  One evening they have an argument as to who loves the other most.  A rough and tumble ensues, and Tom discovers to his horror that Annabel is dead.  So starts a hectic evening of black farce, which also involves a policeman and Tom’s literary agent.  It seems no woman can enter the house without rapidly becoming deceased.  Annabel’s mother and Tom’s appalling landlady follow and disposal of bodies becomes an acute problem.  The arrival of a grim police inspector complicates matters until a further corpse involves him too.

John's direction was first class. Setting hte play in the centre of the hall and working to three sides of the auditorium worked exceptionally well.

      Tom Bryce – A very challenging role, played by Andy Firth. He gave an excellent, and confident performance, with lots of mind-boggling dialogue as he tried to work out how he could solve the problems of the ladies that were dying around his feet.  When the police arrive, in the form of Bert Hopkins played by Roger Bedford, and Bill Carlisle Tom’s literary agent played by David Smith, they too were dragged into the situation, with more ladies “dying” and being hidden away in the downstairs bathroom. Their stories of how it all happened got more complicated, changing at every possible moment, up to a point were even  they didn’t believe the stories themselves. Roger and David gave great performances. These three actors had copious amounts of dialogue and the way they fed off each other was very good.     Likewise a good performance from Alan Huff, playing the role as the Inspector; he too didn’t get away without being involved in the mayhem.

       Annabel Bryce, Tom’s loving wife played by Fiona Firth; Mrs Cartwright, Tom’s mother-in law, played by Karen Bedford;   Mrs. Stewart Dubonnet, Tom’s nasty landlady played by Sue Brewer, and Isabel the eccentric friend of Mrs. Cartwright played by Amanda Jackson.  I cannot give enough praise for these ladies. They all gave superb performances, and to have to been dragged around the stage by their legs and then all of them pushed into a downstairs loo, - great pieces of comedy.

       Although Julie Kaye, playing the role of Dr Sarah Smedley made an appearance at the end of the play, she got a very big laugh when the Inspector just said two words to her.

        To make a comedy work well you require a good cast and good direction and this production ticked all the boxes.  A special mention must go to the set designers and construction team for an excellent set.   Congratulations to everyone involved - this production was thoroughly enjoyed by myself and the audience. Thank you for the invite and the hospitality.              

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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